Durability Gap Analysis for Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites in Civil Infrastructure

This paper presents a synopsis of a gap analysis study undertaken under the aegis of the Civil Engineering Research Foundation and the Federal Highway Administration to identify and prioritize critical gaps in durability data

V. M. Karbhari; J. W. Chin; D. Hunston; B. Benmokrane; T. Juska; R. Morgan; J. J. Lesko; U. Sorathia; D. Reynaud

2003

Scholarcy highlights

  • The lack of a comprehensive, validated, and accessible data base for the durability of fiber-reinforced polymer composites as related to civil infrastructure applications has been identified as a critical barrier to widespread acceptance of these materials by structural designers and civil engineers
  • This concern is emphasized since the structures of interest are primarily load bearing and are expected to remain in service over extended periods of time without significant inspection or maintenance
  • This paper presents a synopsis of a gap analysis study undertaken under the aegis of the Civil Engineering Research Foundation and the Federal Highway Administration to identify and prioritize critical gaps in durability data
  • The study focuses on the use of FRP in internal reinforcement, external strengthening, seismic retrofit, bridge decks, structural profiles, and panels
  • Environments of interest are moisture/solution, alkalinity, creep/relaxation, fatigue, fire, thermal effects, and ultraviolet exposure

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